ZIP Inquiry Proposal

My inquiry question for ZIP this year is “What makes an effective short horror film?”. Ever since I was a child, I was fascinated with horror films. Whether that be watching good, old horror films from the 2000’s under the covers of my blanket with the lights on and the volume turned off or reading the Wikipedia plots of horror films that I deemed too childish for an experienced horror film guru like me, I have always had an interest in horror films. Hence, when ZIP came around, I wanted to do something that involved filming, but I didn’t have a certain genre I wanted to focus on, so horror seemed like a viable and interesting genre for my film. I am motivated by my want to create something that can invoke a strong emotion like fear within my viewers. Additionally, I enjoy creating homemade films using limited equipment, and watching all the different parts of a film come together in a video editing software is a really satisfying experience for me.

Currently, my knowledge of effective horror films is quite limited; my knowledge of the different elements utilized in horror films is virtually zero. I do have skills and experience that might help me in my work however, such as my research skills, my independent learning skills, and experience creating a film for my ZIP inquiry last year. Also, I have been through a number of scary experiences, such as walking through a trail in the middle of the night or drinking spoiled milk, so I have a good idea of what something “scary” is, which is similar to horror in multiple aspects.

By the end of ZIP, I hope to have improved on my research skills, my note taking skills, my filming skills, and my video editing skills. I also hope to improve on my presentation skills and show my learning in a way that is creative while also clearly using concepts I learned. Furthermore, ZIP, being an independent inquiry, will be a great project for me to expand on my time managing and planning skills. Since a significant portion of my ZIP cannot be realistically completed in class, I will need to implement strategies, such as time-boxing, to make time for filming and editing.

Realistically, I can approach some of my classmates who are familiar with filming and using a camera. Additionally, I could approach people who did a ZIP inquiry last year that is similar to mine this year in at least one aspect. For example, anyone who did a ZIP on making scary stories/films, short movies, or even script writing last year is a viable resource for me to go to. Likewise, anyone doing a ZIP similar to mine this year could and probably will be a valuable source of information. Also, while it might be difficult to get a hold of one of them, an alumni experienced in camerawork or an alumni who conducted a ZIP on a similar topic or aspect might be another great source.

Due to my ZIP being related to new media, such as filming, there is a plethora of resources that might be useful in helping me complete my inquiry. These resources could be anything from articles written by professional critics and directors, Reddit polls asking people what’s scary, videos on successful film making, videos on making your video more thrilling, videos on making an expanded moment on camera, professional horror films made by high budget studios, or YouTube videos of homemade scary/horror films. This influx of resources makes finding information related to my topic very easy, but narrowing down this abundance of information to get that golden nugget I need might prove to be difficult with so much information.

At the end of my inquiry, I plan to demonstrate my learning through a new media approach. After a brief (very brief) verbal introduction, I plan to show a short video that shows the highlights of my learning in two to three minutes. From my experience with ZIP last year, most people don’t want to sit and be forced to listen to me rabble on about concepts and theories , and the best learning is when you don’t realize that you are learning in the first place. Therefore, I plan on only including the major discoveries, challenges, difficulties, and the process of creating the actual horror film itself. Next, I plan to show my visitor the trailer or the actual short horror film, depending on how long the horror film ends up being. Hopefully, the combination of an audiovisual presentation embracing new media will make this presentation more interesting and engaging than the typical presentation format.

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Post proposal

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Work on rubric

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Begin preparation for research (stock up on articles, books, video links,, and films)

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